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Colorado Criminal Defense Blog

Man in Boulder motel arrested after campus complaints

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  • December
    2014

Colorado defendants have good reasons not to want a criminal record involving a sex offense. Defendants have been accused of sexual misconduct over simple misunderstandings. A conviction may include long-term repercussions.

A 28-year-old man was arrested at a Boulder motel recently, after police responded to reports from several women complaining of harassment and attempted sexual contact. The alleged incidents occurred on and near the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Two encounters apparently occurred on the same day, about 10 minutes apart.

DUI law debate follows arrest of man with 16 convictions

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  • December
    2014

Defendants cannot be charged with crimes that don't exist. There may be a felony drunk driving law in another state that is much harsher than anything Colorado has on the books. However, until a new law is adopted or an old one is revised, DUI prosecutors must work with the rules they have.

According to a recent Arapahoe County grand jury indictment, a defendant arrested last month had 20 citations and 16 convictions for offenses related to alcohol. Colorado is one of only a handful of states without a felony drunk driving law but not for lack of state lawmakers' attempts to change things. Two felony DUI bills during the last two years failed to get approval.

Homeless man charged with indecency offense in Boulder

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  • December
    2014

The urge to urinate can occur at inconvenient times. Just ask a parent on a long road trip with a young child. Individuals forced to relieve themselves in public places sometimes face criminal charges for public indecency.

A pair of Regional Transportation District guards recently approached a man who was urinating in a tunnel at the Boulder Transit Center. The 43-year-old homeless man had disembarked from a bus, where others said the passenger had been drinking alcohol. Security guards confronted the shirtless man while his pants were pulled down.

Ex-University of Colorado ballplayer accused of assault, robbery

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  • November
    2014

A former University of Colorado Boulder football player was one of three men arrested after a reported beating and robbery. A teen living in a University Hill apartment phoned Boulder police claiming he had been assaulted. Three men apparently burst into the man's apartment after the 19-year-old occupant answered a knock at the door.

The teen said the men beat him and took a weapon from the apartment. One of the alleged attackers threw the AK-47 onto the roof of an adjacent building. Investigators said the men also stole $60 from the tenant.

Police: Drug possession among charges against walled-up thief

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  • November
    2014

Court-ordered punishments for drug-related convictions in Colorado can be harsh but even when they are not severe, personal and professional aftereffects can be. A criminal record can evaporate employment, housing and educational opportunities. Some cases grow even more complicated when defendants are charged with drug offenses in addition to other allegations.

A man's cries were heard but initially dismissed by employees working in a Boulder County strip mall. Eventually, Marshalls' employees in Longmont realized someone was calling from inside a store wall and contacted emergency responders. Rescuers used a heavy-duty saw to extract a dehydrated 35-year-old man, who apparently had been trapped between an inner and outer wall for several days.

Judge: ‘Cup checks’ by former Colorado teacher were assaults

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  • November
    2014

What may be acceptable behavior in the eyes and minds of some people is offensive to others. For defendants, perceptions don't matter as much as whether the behavior crosses a legal line. A former Colorado high school teacher recently learned touching students can result in the ruination of a career.

The ex-Widefield High School teacher and coach was accused of striking male students between the legs, apparently as a form of "cup check." El Paso County authorities received a tip about the activity in 2013 and conducted an investigation with school resource officers. Several male students apparently were touched inappropriately.

1 man charged with assault, 1 sought for Boulder bar brawl

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  • November
    2014

Many Colorado University students and other Boulder residents have witnessed verbal and physical confrontations in public. It's no surprise these incidents occur with some regularity in establishments where alcohol is served. Not all bar fights end with punches and police but when they do, participants may face serious criminal charges.

One of two men suspected of injuring two patrons at an Irish pub in September was arrested recently. The 26-year-old defendant allegedly became enraged over a spilled drink, after bumping into another man on the dance floor at Conor O'Neill's. Police reports said the defendant struck and cut the victim's face with a glass.

Violent behavior pattern suggested for murder suspect in Colorado

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  • October
    2014

A man is currently being tried for a murder that happened all the way back in 1999. He is 47 years old now. The incident that he has been accused of participating in took place in Longmont, Colorado, when a woman in an alley was apparently beaten up and then killed.

The prosecution has now determined that they are going to show that the man has a history of violent behavior. To do it, they are looking at other incidents that he was involved in to see if there is a pattern. Some of these incidents happened two decades ago.

High rate of unlicensed driving linked to Colorado DUI arrests

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  • October
    2014

A criminal defense lawyer works very hard to limit consequences a client faces following an arrest. Many Colorado defendants understandably vow never to take risks that would cause them to repeat the legal process. Charges and sentences reflect courts have little sympathy or patience for repeat offenders.

Sentences for Colorado DUI convictions may include jail time, license suspensions or revocation, mandatory substance abuse counseling, an ignition interlock, probation, community service, fines and fees. These are not easy terms for you, your family or an employer to handle. A second DUI can make your legal situation worse.

Boulder man charged with assault over wife’s partial nudity

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  • October
    2014

A woman sat topless on a bench at the Boulder Transit Center. It wasn't the first time Regional Transportation District security workers reminded the woman her partial nudity was against RTD policy. The woman stated, until recently, she was never confronted by security guards her about the absent shirt, but guards told a different story.

Security workers stated the woman appeared topless at the transit center several times. Each time, the woman was told by guards her conduct was unsuitable. Going topless is not illegal on public property in Boulder, but other property owners do not have to tolerate the behavior.